Thursday, March 18, 2010
The Nightmare of Government Healthcare
Walgreens: No New Medicaid Patients as of April 16
Walgreens will stop taking new Medicaid patients in Washington State as of April 16, saying it loses money filling their prescriptions.
They can't afford to pay for the Government healthcare programs we've already got now; what makes you think they'll be able to pay for what they're promising you down the future?
I could tell you horror stories about Government healthcare; I've suffered under it for over twenty-five years.
When my first daughter was being born, she was hung up in there. It was determined they would have to do a Cesarean. No problem, I said, let's do it. Well - there WAS a problem; we had to wait for the anesthesiologist to show up.
"Wait a minute, this is a hospital. Isn't there an anesthesiologist on call?" Well, sure there is. "Well, where is he?" Up in Raleigh (about an hour up the road).
My daughter has cerebral palsy, which is brain damage from birth, which is because she was deprived of oxygen while trying to come out, while we waited for the anesthesiologist to show up.
Oh, and forget about suing the government - you can't do that. The Army hospital conveniently lost the records when they did their move - of course it took them six years to diagnose what was wrong with my daughter in the first place.
You want some more horror stories about government medicine? I've got a rucksack full:
My family is on Tricare, which is government medicine for military dependents, which is similar to Medicare.
The way it works is, there is a schedule of payments for whatever it is you need done to you, and it's typically about 70% the medical community's going rate. In every community, there is a doctor that takes Tricare patients, but you have to look to find him, because no doctor in their right mind wants to be underpaid for his services.
But these Tricare doctors are around; some poor bugger the Government has their hooks into for tuition loans, or whatever. They have to take the Tricare patient, but they sure as hell ain't glad to see you coming, because the second you walk into the doctor's office, he just took a 30% cut in pay.
I'll leave it to you to imagine the quality of care you get on the Government dime: "Aspirin above the waist, foot powder below," just like in the Army.
A couple of years back, I had a gig coming up in Yemen, and I needed a yellow fever shot. Now, I'm not in the Army anymore so I'm out on my own trying to track down some outfit that does yellow fever inoculations. Some place downtown could do them for $90. Ouch. Double ouch, in fact. So I decided to give the government system a go and I found myself at the Cumberland County Department of Public Health.
The place looked like a rundown Greyhound bus terminal. I mean, the walls were even gray! There's all kinds of propaganda on the walls for venereal disease testing & treatment, free milk and food stamps under the WIC program, where to go to get your abortion; all that good stuff. I rock on up to the counter, tell the guy why I'm here, and then I start sizing up the situation.
The kid behind the counter had on a white lab coat, but I could tell just by looking at him he didn't have any kind of college education. In fact, I'd be surprised if he had a high school diploma. The operation he had going behind that steel counter-top looked like some of the medical facilities I've witnessed in Africa:
You think this looks bad, you should see this place from the inside . . .
The kid starts rummaging through this beat up old refrigerator, pulls out a tray full of ancient looking vials, turns around and says "Oh here it is, I found it!"
I was already beating feet for the place down the street that handed yellow fever shots out for $90 bucks.
The truth in Life is you get what you pay for, and if it's free, it isn't worth doodley-squat.
That's why the old Sergeant Major - he was a full-blooded Payute - used to say:
"If you expect the Government to take care of you, you will get what the American Indians got . . . "
PEOPLE INSTINCTIVELY KNOW THIS!
This is why we're out in the streets, clamoring for Congress NOT to pass this thing. This is why the Democrats - a.k.a. the "PROGRESSIVES" - have to pull all kinds of Kabuki theater to shove this thing down our throats:
WHAT THE HELL IS THAT?
What ever happened to" "Let's put it to an up-and-down vote right now!" Wasn't Obama saying that just a couple of weeks ago?
The truth of the matter is they know if it they put to a vote right now, it would go down in flames - BECAUSE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DO NOT WANT THIS.
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